Florida Has 2 Of The Best Speakeasies In America
Great nightlife is certainly a reason people head out to Fort Lauderdale and Miami. However, these destinations are also apparently great places to gather with friends and hide away. Fifty Grande recently named the best speakeasies in America, and two Florida establishments were named.
These days it is challenging to determine whether or not a place that brands itself as a speakeasy truly qualifies as that. Most likely they do have a proper liquor license (which is a good thing). However, a true speakeasy is a place that prefers not have to bright signage or their own social media accounts. We’re not saying that you need a certain knock code on the door to get in. But most speakeasies are somewhat hidden, reclusive, and comfortable. There’s certainly nothing wrong with a secret door as well.
Once you are inside, each speakeasy has its own character. Still, it is common to be graced with an old-fashioned look. Wooden bar stools, small liquor shelves, historical photos, and maybe even some velvet often make up the décor. Nonetheless, the theme is often simplicity which may give a nod to the prohibition era.
“There’s something to be said for the speakeasies that still remain a little hidden, that don’t advertise and offer a little salacious adventure with their Sazeracs,” Fifty Grande states.
That’s exactly what you will find at these two speakeasies in Florida.
Fort Lauderdale – Room 901
Tucked within the Hyatt Centric, Room 901 actually allows you to make a reservation. Upon doing so you will be given credentials to provide at your check-in. This then results in receiving a room key to enter the lounge. It is kept dark, and contains blue velvet chairs. Guests are required to spend a $50 minimum. Furthermore, this speakeasy has an appropriate menu. Lamb chop lollipops and caviar accompany the great drinks.
Miami – Amelia’s 1931
Then, travel about 30 miles south and you will hit the next great speakeasy in Florida. There’s a reason 1931 is in the name here as it is a nod to the prohibition days. “Amelia’s operates as a full-service restaurant during the week, but, toward the week’s end, reinvents itself as a late-night speakeasy with craft cocktails and, on Thursday nights, live Latin music,” Fifty Grande explains. Often, the true speakeasy-style party starts at Amelia’s 1931 after 11 pm.